Install Linux Mint on ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Original Post date: 02 July 2015


This guide is intended as a reference for dual booting Linux Mint alongside Windows. It also covers some common issues, and fixes, that I ran into with Mint on this machine.

To skip to the issues section click here –> Issues

I’m using the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 3rd Gen with the high resolution, non-touch, display — 2560 x 1440 (16:9) I ran into some display specific problems that I’ll talk about later in the guide.

As far as I can tell this guide applies to many other ThinkPad models as well.

The version of Mint I’m using is 17.1 Rebecca; Cinnamon Desktop (64 bit) Get it here: 17.1 Rebecca

*NOTE at the time of this writing 17.2 Rafaela has been released, which you can get here: 17.2 Rafaela

I haven’t upgraded to this version yet, so some issues may be resolved already and installation may differ slightly. It’s worth noting also that both 17.1 and 17.2 use Ubuntu Trusty as the package base, and are both listed as Long Term Support releases until April 2019.

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A WP homecoming party

I thought that it would be appropriate to start this blog with a post to let everyone know that this is the new home of

So why did I move back to wordpress?

Not gonna lie, the price is a huge driving factor. I can host a blog here for free if I want and if I don’t mind having “.wordpress” in the url. If I don’t want that in there, I pay $25- 30 a year for the custom domain. And that’s it. Pretty decent. Keep in mind that I’m talking about hosting at (not .org — that’s a different animal)

Ghost on the other hand (hosting with Ghost Pro, not independently) doesn’t have a free option and the basic plan, which I have now, costs me $96 a year and that does NOT include the domain name. For that I pay $18 to Hover (the best domain host I’ve used).

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